B.A.G.S. - Rhode Island Division
2017 Year End Newsletter
Our 26th season has come to an end. 2017 was another good season for B.A.G.S., despite more than the normal number of tournaments adversely affected by inclement weather. After 26 years, we are still able to generate sufficient interest and participation to provide our members with a good field size (and resulting prize fund) and a good level of competition. B.A.G.S. mission is to provide its members with the opportunity to participate in competitive golf tournaments, meet other like minded golfers, and to improve their game by playing different courses under tournament conditions. Judging from the response and the improvement in many members’ handicaps over the course of the season, I am confident that we continue to successfully achieve our objective for a large majority of our members.
We continue to take advantage of the poor financial standing of many private clubs by holding events at 13 private clubs - all for a relatively low fee.
Thanks to our 2017 tournament sponsors– Attorney Anthony Leone, Phillips Plumbing and Mechanical, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Golfer’s Warehouse. Our Sponsor’s generous contributions of gift certificates and/or B.A.G.S. credits were given out as additional tournament prizes, adding greatly to the value of of B.A.G.S. - RI Division membership. Our sponsor’s contact information is listed on our BAGS – RI Division website. If you know of other businesses that would benefit from exposure as a B.A.G.S. sponsor for 2018, please contact me.
2017 Order of Merit:
This year's OOM competition, with the lead changing hands primarily between Hermen Dacones, Dave Phillips and Al Ferretti. Hermen played consistenly well through the final two months of the season, to take the title followed by Dave and Al.
2017 also marked our inaugural "gross" order of merit competition, which was won by John Teixeira followed by Hermen Dacones and B.A.G.S "rookie" - Brad Steever.
Complete OOM standings are available on our website.
Hole-in-One / Closest-to-Pin Pool:
Over the course of the season, $1,818 went into the pool. The only ace of the year was shot by yours truly - holing out on the 11th hole at Swansea. The six closest shots split the pot (B.A.G.S. credit of $303 each) . John Teixeira, Steve Tella, Tom D'Oliveira, Mark Francesconi, Billy Trudell and Ken Lombardohad the 6 closest shots, all within 3' 5"..
Two rounds stood out from all others, Rich Bracker (at Lebaron Hills) and Hermen Dacones (at Crystal Lake) each shot 3 under gross Brad Steever (at Pawtucket) and Hermen Dacones (at Richmond) shot even par rounds - certainly good enough for an honorable mention. The best stableford point total for the season was an astonding 49 points - shot by Jerry O'Dell at Winnapaug, closely followed by a round of 48 points shot by Don Brisson at Richmond. Honorable mentions go to Sean Carroll (46 points at CT. National) and Jim Baptista (45 points at Green Valley. Well Done!!
The 27th annual Rhode Island Division championship tourney was again contested at Meadow Brook the third weekend of August.. Hermen Dacones shot a two round total of 153, which was good for a two shot victory over Brad Steever. Both of the Net divisions were hotly contested. In the Net "A" division, Mike Moreno shot a two day total of 73 stableford points to edge out John Phillips by one shot. 81 year old Paul Tetreault (69 points) won the net "B" Division by just one shot over the threesome of Bob Thibault, Lou Izzi and Don Mesite. I have booked Meadow Brook again for our 2018 Division Championship tournament – the third weekend of August.
A complete list of winners for each event is listed on the tournament results page on our website. Congratulations to all tournament winners throughout the season.
MOST IMPROVED GOLFERS:
Membership in B.A.G.S. generally leads to improvement in most of our member’s golf games. Each season, as part of the USGA handicap program, each club receives a listing of its most improved golfers, as measured by the difference between early season and end of season handicaps.
The most improved golfer of the year is Hermen Dacones (no surprise) whose handicap went down from 5.1 to 2.3 at the end of the season. The top 30 most improved are recognized on the "GHIN Listing" page.
Your year end USGA handicap cards are available on-line at GHIN.com. If you registered your email address, you should be receiving a notification at each revision. If you would like me to print out a label, please contact me.
SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT SEASON:
2018 will be our 27th year. I would be grateful if you would take the time to comment on what you liked or did not like about B.A.G.S. and things you feel I could be doing different or better.
Please provide your comments on the following topics:
1. Courses you would like to see added or deleted from our schedule.
2. Tournament formats and betting pools .
3. Scheduling, including the inclusion of more or fewer upscale courses.
Our pace of play policy, which was introduced at the end of the 2016 season has been well received. Our set goal of completing all tournament rounds in 5 hours or less, was mostly acheived, with just a few instances of rounds just over 5 hours. I thank all members for making a sincere effort to speed up our rounds - we can still do better.
I do make a sincere effort to incorporate your suggestions and ideas to improve B.A.G.S. You can send me a written note (write or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). I would like to hear from as many members as possible. If you enjoyed B.A.G.S., please tell others, if you did not, please tell me !! You can send me an email, written note, or post your comments on our facebook page for all to see.
NEW MEMBER REFERRAL PROGRAM:
Please send me names and addresses of your friends and associates who might be interested in joining B.A.G.S.. I will send them a brochure (beginning in late January, 2017). You will earn a $ 35 B.A.G.S. credit for each of your referrals who join at the normal full price membership rate (this offer is not valid for existing or former members).
Thanks again for making our 26th season another successful season - without your participation and support, B.A.G.S. would not be possible. You may email or contact me at any time on my cell phone (617) 697-1784. Membership renewal letters and 2018 season schedules will be mailed prior to the start of the season. Many of our events for next season have already been booked - please check our website for a preliminary schedule of 2018 tournaments.
I wish you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season, and a good winter. See you in the spring !!
Director - Rhode Island Division